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JACKIE STEWART: Shocked at tactics

Tuesday August 3,2010

By Bob McKenzie

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER’S bully-boy tactics must be stopped to prevent a deadly accident in Formula One, says three-time world champion Sir Jackie Stewart.

“It is 16 years and four months since we lost a driver,” said Stewart, referring to the deaths of Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger at the San Marino Grand Prix in 1994.

“We are never more than a millimetre away from something awful happening and for Schumacher to do what he did with Rubens Barrichello is just inviting disaster.” Schumacher pushed Barrichello close to a concrete wall at 190mph in the Hungarian Grand Prix as the Brazilian overtook and it was only that the barrier ended which prevented an accident.

Stewart said: “For one driver to do that deliberately, knowing that the wheels could interlock and that he had nowhere to go, was shocking.

“It was one of the most blatant abuses of another driver that I have seen. It is a terrible example from a man who has seven world titles, bully-boy tactics.” Schumacher was given a 10-place grid demotion for the Belgian Grand Prix but Stewart added: “The punishment was the minimum they could do. It cannot go on.”

Ferrari have been summoned to Paris to answer charges of breaking the rules over team orders at a hearing of the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council on September 8. The team could lose the points they won for letting winner Fernando Alonso pass Felipe Massa at the German Grand Prix.

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03.08.10, 6:15pm

The disgusting exhibition of high speed thuggery by Scumacher last Sunday tells you all you ever needed to know about this dysfunctional bully boy. He's basically never been any different.

The stewards, if they had any bottle, should have disqualified him from the race immediately afterwards and made it very public, fined him personally a huge amount and I'm talking millions, and then given him a multiple race suspension all in the hope that he would resign in disgrace. The 10 place drop in the next grid line up just gives him a bunch of less experienced targets to try to kill.

He's a target now. He'd better watch his step...

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